Expert book editing to help you get published

The skilled editing of will strengthen your chances of a traditional book publishing deal. If you’re set on self-publishing, it will improve your prospects of delighting readers and earning four and five-star reviews.

I’m Lee Dickinson, and I want to make your book the best it can be. I know you’ve worked hard on your manuscript, and can assure you of the same dedication from me as I strive to make the number one website to help authors achieve their publishing dreams.

As an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I have excellent credentials. Added to that expertise is a track record of helping writers like you, which you can see in the superb testimonials below. As those writers found, the proofreading, copy, line or developmental editing of fiction or non-fiction manuscripts here is a personal, expert service.

A skilled editor can support an author all the way to writing that’s ready for the book stores. For self-publishing novelists, I’ll ensure your words are pristine in a fierce market. Modern publishing has propelled writers from such humble starts to literary stardom. Let me help you join them.

There are only 316 CIEP advanced professionals in the world, so you’re guaranteed the highest editing standards. If you still need convincing, ask for a sample edit. Workload permitting, I can edit 1,000 of your words, free. Use the ‘Let’s work together’ button above or the Contact page link at the foot of this page. Let’s see if we can get you that book deal.

Some of the books I’ve worked on

Books edited by book editor Lee Dickinson, chief editor at


About the editor

I’m Lee Dickinson, the founder of I’m an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly SfEP), and an experienced print and digital journalist with an editing, writing and layout background at local and national newspapers and magazines across the UK and abroad.

Since leaving journalism in 2018, I’ve edited hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books and completed the CIEP fiction editing course. I complete or oversee all the editing, so you’re assured of a personal service from me or a CIEP-accredited colleague perfect for your genre. 

My CIEP page is one of the links at the foot of the page. I’m a writer too; you can read my blog by pressing the Blog button next to the CIEP one.

Rivals’ prices are up to £750 more

Scribendi price – £1,235.01
Cornerstones – £1,100
PaperTrue – £1,350

* Based on a 50,000-word copy edit at 2,000 words per hour typical price – £600


Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and formatting are perfected. This is normally the last stage in the book process which involves checking the final ‘proofs’. Some types of editing overlap, and aspects of the copy editor and line editor’s job can be included.

£0.008 – £0.010 per word

Copy editing

A ‘micro’ look at everything including spelling, punctuation, grammar, succinctness and tense. Style guide consistency is also covered, along with comprehensive fact-checking and feedback notes on macro issues. It’s more intensive than proofreading.

£0.010 – £0.012 per word

Here’s a special offer for authors choosing advanced professional editing with With any type of editing listed here, if your book is more than 40,000 words, you can choose a book video trailer from partner site for half price. That’s a saving of up to £190. The videos above and below are examples of what you can expect.

Line editing

Line editing is the most thorough ‘micro’ edit, focusing on some of the big picture and all the details. This is a sentence-by-sentence examination including spelling, grammar, punctuation, succinctness, clarity, word choice, syntax, repetition, tense and the realism and rhythm of dialogue.

£0.012 – £0.014 per word

Developmental editing

The ultimate macro edit. A big-picture analysis of everything, including characterisation, structure, story arc, psychic distance, point of view, voice, cause and effect, pacing and plot, studying the timelines, settings, language, world-building and any subplots.

£0.014 – £0.018 per word